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Pediatr Emerg Care. 2006 Jun;22(6):443-4.

The dramatic change in the epidemiology of pediatric epiglottitis.

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Department of Pediatrics, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York at Buffalo, and Division of Infectious Diseases, Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14222, USA. hfaden@upa.chob.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To review the epidemiology of epiglottitis in a large children's hospital from 1995-2003 and to compare the findings with a previous report published 27 years previously from the same hospital.

METHODS:

Chart review.

RESULTS:

Two cases identified. Both children were 18 years old. Group F and group A streptococci were causative agents.

CONCLUSIONS:

Over the past 27 years, the admission rate for acute epiglottitis declined ten fold. Streptococci are becoming major pathogens in acute epiglottitis.

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